You’ve probably never heard of Deacon Frey.
The 30-year-old plays night after night at iconic venues like Madison Square Garden and the Forum, and yet he’s managed to remain the most low-key rock star of his generation.
Unlike most musicians his age, Frey is not on Instagram and has not released any studio albums.
But you most certainly know his father, the late Glenn Frey, who rose to fame in the 1970s as a founding member of the Eagles and went on to have a successful solo career in the ’80s.
After Glenn’s death in 2016 at the age of 67, his second child, Deacon, took over to carry on the legacy of the Fallen Eagle.
Dashing, wavy-haired and mustachioed like his father, Deacon has since performed with Don Henley, Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit and Vince Gill (not for a brief hiatus in 2022), and the group returns to the road this summer for the first stop on what should be a multi-year farewell tour.
On Wednesday night, the Eagles performed their phenomenal two-hour swan song, dubbed The Long Goodbye, at UBS Arena on Long Island, where Deacon was the unsung hero.
Members of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame didn’t make a show of their tribe’s youngest member when they took the stage at the increasingly popular Belmont Park venue, but instead treated him like if he had been in their line-up for decades – just like 76-year-old Henley.
After all, Deacon has been an honorary Eagle his entire life.
It was born in 1993, just months before the Grammy-winning group began planning its momentous comeback after a 14-year hiatus with the chart-topping live album “Hell Freezes Over.”
As the Eagles’ second wind unfolded, a young Deacon and his siblings, Taylor Frey and Otis Frey, were first-hand witnesses to greatness.
The band continued to sell out venues and even released their first new album in nearly three decades, 2007’s “Long Road Out of Eden,” which defied all odds by beating Britney Spears’ “Blackout” to No. 1. charts.
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But then Glenn died in a devastating blow to the Eagles, the Frey family, his fans and beyond.
Henley said he didn’t think the band would ever hit the road again, but the following year they did – with a then-24-year-old Deacon forgoing relative anonymity to become the “newcomer from the city”.
Since then, “Take It Easy,” “Peaceful Easy Feeling,” “Already Gone” and many other cla*sics that his father made famous 40 or 50 years ago have become second nature to Deacon, whose voice is soft but suave captivated the audience. crowd at UBS.
Throughout this must-see spectacle, it was hard to ignore the twinkling-eyed descendant’s palpable impact on the ever-harmonious legends that surrounded him.
If Deacon hadn’t joined them in 2017, Henley, Walsh and Schmit might never have played together again after losing their beloved Glenn.
But Deacon has become the glue between these guys, and it’s obvious there’s a mutual respect between them.
The rising singer and guitarist isn’t looking to be noticed on stage (or off); in fact, whenever one of his bandmates would come in on rotation to sing tunes like Henley’s disco-leaning “One of These Nights,” Schmit’s “I Can’t Tell You Why,” or the raucous and fun ” Life’s Been Good” by Walsh, Deacon I happily stood back to let them do their work.
However, when the Eagles all came together, magic was created – with Glenn’s surprisingly gifted heir front and center in his place.